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Conditions Treated

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by specialists in this area. These specialists offer expert care for many other related medical problems. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to find a doctor who can help you.

  • An acoustic neuroma is a benign, often slow-growing tumor of the nerve that connects the ear and the brain. Also known as a vestibular schwannoma, the tumor can damage important nerves as it grows. This can affect hearing and balance.
  • Allergic rhinitis is an allergic reaction to inhaled substances. There are two main types: seasonal allergic rhinitis and perennial allergic rhinitis. Symptoms may include sneezing, itchy eyes and hoarseness. 
  • Anosmia

    Anosmia is loss of the sense of smell. Anosmia can be a natural part of the aging process. However, because it can also be a sign of a serious medical condition, it is important to discuss any loss of smell with a doctor.
  • A cholesteatoma is a benign skin cyst located in the middle ear. It can affect hearing and balance and cause ear damage if untreated.
  • Cleft Lip

    Cleft lip occurs when a baby’s lip tissue does not join completely during pregnancy. A cleft lip can be a notch in the upper lip or a split that goes from the upper lip to the nose. In some babies, a cleft lip can also occur with a cleft palate.
  • Cleft Palate

    Cleft palate occurs when a baby’s palate (roof of the mouth) tissue does not join completely during pregnancy. A cleft palate can be open in the front or back of the mouth or both. In some babies, a cleft palate can also occur with a cleft lip.
  • Deviated Septum

    Deviated septum occurs when the wall (nasal septum) that separates the nostrils into halves is off center. The most common symptom of a deviated septum is difficulty breathing through the nose.
  • Dysphagia is the medical term for difficulty swallowing food, liquid or saliva. Many different nerves and muscles are involved in the process of chewing food transferring it from the mouth to the stomach, and any problem that affects this process can result in dysphagia.
  • When people say “ear infection,” they usually mean infections of the middle ear — a very common childhood illness. Ear infections may clear without treatment and may not require antibiotics.
  • Facial Paralysis

    Facial paralysis is the inability to move one or more muscles in the face due to nerve or brain damage. Causes may include infections, physical trauma, tumors and stroke. Bell’s palsy, while rare, is the most common form of facial paralysis.
  • Head and neck tumors are those that grow in the nose, sinuses, mouth (oral cavity), throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx), salivary glands, lymph nodes in the neck, thyroid gland or parathyroid glands. They can be cancerous or noncancerous (benign).
  • Hearing Loss

    Hearing loss can be temporary or permanent. Temporary hearing loss can occur from an ear infection, perforated ear drum or impacted wax in the ear. This type of hearing loss is often resolved with medical treatment. Permanent hearing loss may result from exposure to loud noise, genetics or aging (also known as presbycusis). When everyday problems occur as a result of permanent hearing loss, a specialist can help manage communication needs and determine whether devices such as hearing aids can be effective.
  • Laryngitis is an inflammation and swelling of the voice box (larynx). If you have laryngitis, you may lose your voice or be hoarse.
  • Meniere's Disease

    Meniere's disease is a condition that causes ringing in the ears, vertigo and hearing loss, among other symptoms. These symptoms are the result of fluid buildup in the inner ear. Meniere’s disease most commonly develops in people who are between 40 and 60 years old.
  • A meningioma is a slow-growing, usually benign tumor that develops in the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It can cause damage by pressing against the brain and causing problems with blood circulation.
  • Nasal Polyps

    Nasal polyps are noncancerous growths on the lining of the nose or sinuses. Small ones generally do not cause symptoms. Large ones often lead to sinus infections and cold-like symptoms, and can be removed. People with asthma and allergic rhinitis are more likely to develop nasal polyps.
  • Neuroblastoma

    Neuroblastoma is a cancer that begins in nerve tissue, usually in the neck, chest, spinal cord or adrenal glands (hormone-producing glands above the kidneys). It often develops in young children and can begin growing before a child is born.
  • Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) is a genetic disorder that causes noncancerous tumors to grow in the nervous system.
  • Oral Cancer

    Oral cancer is cancer that begins in the mouth or throat. It most commonly develops in the floor of the mouth or on the tongue. Tobacco use (including chewing tobacco or smoking cigarettes, cigars and pipes) and heavy alcohol use are risk factors for oral cancer.
  • Otitis Media

    Otitis media is a middle ear infection. It is the most common childhood illness in the U.S.
  • Otosclerosis

    Otosclerosis is an ear condition caused by abnormal regeneration of bone in the middle ear. Its most common symptom is gradual hearing loss.
  • Paraganglioma

    Paragangliomas are rare tumors that form near the carotid artery, along nerve pathways in the head and neck, and in other parts of the body. Paragangliomas are a type of neuroendocrine tumor.
  • Ruptured Eardrum

    Ruptured eardrum is a hole in the eardrum. Also called the tympanic membrane, the eardrum is a piece of thin connective tissue that separates the outer ear from the middle ear. Possible causes of damage to the eardrum include infection, injury or extremely loud noises.
  • Schwannoma is a slow-growing tumor stemming from the cells that protect the nerve fibers. These tumors can grow anywhere along the nerve system and usually not cancerous.
  • Sinus and skull base tumors, which can be cancerous or noncancerous (benign), grow in the area behind the eyes and nose that extends to the base of the skull. Even when these tumors are not cancerous, they can still cause problems as they grow and start to press against the brain, vital nerves or major blood vessels.
  • Sinusitis is an inflammation or swelling of the sinuses, which are the hollow spaces in the bones of the face. It occurs when the nasal passages become swollen — usually due to a cold or respiratory allergies — and don’t allow the sinuses to drain the mucus they produce.
  • Sleep apnea is a common, potentially life-threatening sleep disorder that most commonly occurs when a person’s airway collapses or becomes blocked (this is called obstructive sleep apnea). People with sleep apnea experience pauses in their breathing or shallow breathing while they are asleep.
  • Snoring

    Snoring is the sound caused by vibrations in the upper airway when a person breathes during sleep. Almost everyone snores from time to time. In some cases, habitual snoring is a sign of an underlying problem, such as sleep apnea.
  • Swimmer's Ear

    Swimmer's ear, also called otitis externa, is an infection of the ear canal. It results from exposure to bacteria or fungi and often develops in people who spend a lot of time in water.
  • Throat Cancer

    Throat cancer is a type of head and neck cancer that forms in the vocal cords, larynx (voice box) or other part of the throat. Those most at risk include people who smoke, use smokeless tobacco and/or are heavy drinkers.
  • Tinnitus is the perception of a ringing or buzzing sound in the ears when there’s no actual sound. If it becomes bothersome, an otolaryngologist or audiologist can help.
  • Tonsillitis is swelling of the tonsils that can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Tonsils are lymph nodes in the back of the throat that help filter germs and prevent infection.
  • Vertigo is a sensation of motion — a feeling that you are spinning or moving while standing still, or that the world is spinning around you. Some people describe vertigo as a feeling of dizziness.
  • Vocal Cord Dysfunction

    Vocal cord dysfunction is when the vocal cords do not behave normally: Instead of opening when a person breathes, the vocal cords close. An attack of VCD can come on suddenly and cause symptoms similar to asthma symptoms, including shortness of breath, wheezing and a feeling of suffocation.